Heat-capacity anomalies from four-layer liquid-crystal films: Experimental results and simulation results

C. C. Huang, I. M. Jiang, A. J. Jin, T. Stoebe, R. Geer, C. Dasgupta

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Abstract

Our recent heat-capacity measurements on four-layer free-standing liquid-crystal films near the smectic-A-hexatic-B transition of n-heptyl-4'-n-pentyloxybiphenyl-4-carboxylate (75OBC) exhibit separate heat-capacity anomalies associated with the distinct ordering of the interior and surface layers. Employing the Metropolis Monte Carlo technique, we have simulated these transitions in a layered system with finite thickness (for example, 30×30×4). Comparison between our experimental and simulation results indicates that the anisotropy between inter- and intralayer interactions plays an important role in our experimental findings. Furthermore, the ratio of intra- to interlayer interactions strength should be more than 100.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2938-2941
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review E
Volume47
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1993

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